|Look close to see all the little brown fuzzy balls following Leah Rose as Rayford, the black male guinea leads the way|
|Roger Williams (the chicken) jumps in to photobomb|
Because we really don't know much about guineas (we only got ours last summer), I got online to learn more about the babies. That information only served to worry me. Guineas are native to the dry areas of Africa. During their first two weeks, dampness is very dangerous for them. They can die just by going through dewy grass! (I'm suddenly thankful for the terribly hot and dry weather we are having.) If they make it past about two weeks of age, they should be fine, as they are probably one of the hardiest domestic land fowls.
All of the blogs/websites I came across said the mama and babies needed to be kept in a coop or brooder for those first two weeks. Ummmmm - how do we catch wild birds? These guineas completely rejected the coop we worked so hard to train them to go into and don't stand around waiting for us to pick them up.
So I guess we'll have to just pray these adorable keets survive. I don't know that we have to worry too much about predators. Rayford, a male Guinea, has been standing constant guard over Leah Rose and the little ones. It was fascinating to see every time I went out to look at them yesterday. At one point, Leah Rose was resting with all the keets under her, and Rayford was standing on guard a couple feet away. Sherlotta (our black puppy) got too close and Rayford attacked her! Sherlotta shrieked and ran as he beat her. (Honestly she deserved it. She's crazy!)
In other news, Tabby made me so proud on Saturday when she killed a copperhead! It was in the stall where we keep the goats hay. She grabbed a shovel and cut off its ugly head.
|the decapitated copperhead|
|"Thank you for ridding the ground of those poisonous fangs!"|
This is Ameila Earhart. She is a Buff Orpington and loves to fly up on things. Whenever I bring in food for the chicks, she always flies up onto the feed container or my hand.
Finally, here is a boy and a dog. So sweet how they love each other:
|Solomon and Exhaust Pipe at a funny camera angle|
“Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” ~ C. S. Lewis